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How do we know what we like, whether in music, visual arts, literature, language, or in the environment we encounter every day? As the world‘s only research institution dedicated to this question, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics aims to answer it and to establish fundamental knowledge about the role and function of aesthetics in human life. But we can‘t do it without you!

Most of our research studies take place on the Institute‘s premises on Grüneburgweg in Frankfurt‘s Westend neighborhood. All participants receive compensation for their time. And everyone who is registered in our participant pool receives regular invitations to enroll in current studies. So if you would like to be a part of the exciting research we‘re doing here at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, please fill out the form below.

Additional information can help us find the best studies for you (optional)

In some of our studies, sounds are presented at low levels. Hearing impairments may thus influence the outcome of the study. Examples of such impairments include: hearing loss, the need for a hearing aid or cochlear implant, as well as anatomic anomalies of the ear.
Non-removable metal implants may have an influence on the outcome of some studies. These include, for example, artificial joints or limbs, non-removable piercings, permanent braces or retainers, fixed dentures, and tattoos. More information will be provided before the study begins.


Information on Data Storage and Study Participation

Your personal data will be handled confidentially, stored exclusively in the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, and not disclosed to any third party. Access to your data will be restricted to a clearly defined group of Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics staff who are responsible for recruiting study participants. Research participants enjoy the public liability insurance coverage of Max Planck Society in case of any claims under private law. You may have your personal data deleted from our database at any time, thus prohibiting any future use. Simply send an e-mail to with the text “Deregister” in the reference line.

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